M. Ruth (Comer) McGaughey

Born: Mon., Jan. 20, 1936
Died: Thu., Apr. 6, 2017


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 09, 2017
Location: Somerset United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 10, 2017
Location: Somerset United Methodist Church

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Ruth McGaughey, 81, of Somerset, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital in Newark, Ohio.
Ruth was born January 20, 1936 in Mt. Perry, Ohio, to the late William and Grace Comer. She was a 1954 graduate of Somerset High School. She married her high school sweetheart, David M. McGaughey on April 4, 1955.
Roy and Ruth McGaughey, along with their sons, Albert, David and his wife Ruth, originated the McGaughey Service Station and Dairy Freeze in November of 1958, making them small business owners in the Somerset community.
“Ruthie” as she was known to her many customers, friends and her community was owner/operator of McGaughey’s Dairy Freeze for 57 years, which is where Ruth became famous for her shakes, sloppy joes, coney dogs, shredded chicken and sundaes. She was one of the first woman business owners in Somerset, Ohio. Ruth was an avid supporter of the local community charities, organizations, and the local farmers’ market. She loved the people of Somerset and they loved her.
Ruth is survived by her husband of 62 years, David McGaughey; two daughters, Teresa (Dave) Forsythe and Peggy Sue McGaughey; two grandchildren, Hollie Forsythe (Abbott) and Curt Forsythe; two great-grandsons, Ethan and Owen Abbott; two sisters, Chloe Jean Hand and Patricia Allen; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Robert and Patrick Comer; two infant sisters, Wilma and Wanda Comer; three sisters, June Dupler, Mary Arbaugh, and Violet Smith; and brothers-in-law, Albert McGaughey, Melvin Dupler, Wayne Smith and Reford Allen.
Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, and one hour prior to the service at the Somerset United Methodist Church, 139 East Main St., Somerset, Ohio where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017 with the Rev. Karen Walters officiating. Burial will follow in Somerset Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Somerset-Reading Twp. Fire Dept., P.O. Box 148, Somerset, Ohio 43783.

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Brian & Kerri Rhodes
   Posted Thu April 06, 2017
Our community has lost a pillar. Ruth will truly be missed by her patrons, friends and neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Skip & Juanita Wilson
   Posted Fri April 07, 2017
We were sorry to hear of Ruth's passing, our wish for you is that you find comfort in the memories she left for you and your family. I know we will miss seeing her at the Dairy Freeze, we go their everytime we come to visit family in Somerset and Thornville. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Skip & Juanita Wilson

Margie Huston
   Posted Fri April 07, 2017
So sorry for you loss. Peace be with all the McGaughey family.

Alpha Black
   Posted Fri April 07, 2017
Ruth will be missed by so many. She has been a good friend for almost 50 years. You have my deepest sympathy I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care,

Dave "Flash" and Peggy Helser
   Posted Fri April 07, 2017
I have such wonderful memories of the time spent in that "Foggy Bottom". Ruth always had a smile and good food to offer us all. I find it very reassuring that Dave could be anyone's "sweetheart". Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May the peace which passes all understanding be with you as well. Love you all.

Carole Williams
   Posted Fri April 07, 2017
Ruth brought, along with a friendly smile & greeting, a tasty treat to so many traveling through Somerset. She will be missed. Condolences to all the McGaughey family.

Mark Schmittgen
   Posted Fri April 07, 2017
Ruth was a "sparky" gal and made me laugh. She was one of my first customers and I never found
out how she knew we were in business. She will be missed. Condolences to the entire McGaughey

Mark Schmittgen
Heartland Orchard

Shirley King
   Posted Sun April 09, 2017
Ruth will be missed by all who knew her. Was so sad to hear of your loss. Prayers and Sympathy for all the family.

Marilyn Murray ( Heinrich Paper & Supply)
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
Ruth was a very special lady. I've known Ruth for 37 Years, always looked forward to her calling in her orders and catching up on how she's doing. You will be missed. Mary thinking of you at this time.

Dan and Nina Reichley
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
Dave and family, Ruth will be truly missed. We will remember all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Diana Greene Harris
   Posted Wed April 12, 2017
Dave and Family my Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time
May Ruth rest in peace

Deanna Wilson
   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
So sorry for your loss.

Rebecca Cramer
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017
Dave, Teresa and Peggy - so very sorry to hear of Ruthie's passing. Still remember all the fun times we had. My deepest sympathy to you all.


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